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Imaginary Voyages

Thursday March 29, 2018
Our latest themed list spans four centuries of imaginary voyages: whimsical, pedagogical, philosophical, fantastical, satirical: all explorations of Utopia or the world as it will or ought to be. Many offer prescient insight and many are absurd or comedic. Works by Vairasse, the rare "Histoire der Sevarambes" (an imaginary voyage to western Australia), and Foigny's "Les Avantures de Jacques Sadeur dans la découverte ...de la Terre Australe" are present, the earliest by the Dominican Tommasso Campanella...

The Navy List

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Our March themed list encompasses over 200 years of seagoing: from Hoste's classic of naval strategy sumptuously bound for Christian VII of Denmark; through to works on naval architecture, the principles of rigging (including Admiral Carnegie's copy of David Steel's Elements and practice of seamanship), nautical astronomy, the chronometer and nautical medicine; including an early French notice of Captain Cook's findings on diet and scurvy, a finely bound set of Freind's History of Physick (Freind maintained scurvy was unknown...

February news

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Hordern House will be exhibiting at California in February. Please view our catalogue online here. For more information on the Fairs or for complimentary tickets please email us.

December News

Saturday December 2, 2017

Our latest online catalogue, Antarctic Exploration highlights a selection of manuscript and printed rarities from the 18th & 19th Century, including Cook, Kerguelen and Dumont D'Urville through to those from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration represented by Amundsen and Mawson. The highlights may be viewed here and the full online list here.
We also featured on our home page the rare hand-coloured edition of Jacques Arago's Souvenirs d'un aveugle.  Seldom seen on the market, this should be ranked as...

Australia

Thursday October 26, 2017

Hordern House at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair

Wednesday July 5, 2017

Our July catalogue will be on display at the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair, Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, 7th-9th July. Highlights include a unique Illuminated presentation album from the German citizenry of Sandhurst (now Bendigo) to Count Otto von Bismarck with fine illustrations of the goldfields by Ludwig Lang and a rare caricature by Ducote prepared in the wake of the British Government trying to attract single ladies to the far-flung Australian Colony. 

Quiros & Rare Book Monthly review

Monday July 3, 2017

An incisive review of our latest catalogue from Michael Stillman of Rare Book Monthly, particularly of the earliest item: Quiros's Memorial of 1611 and his search for "a great southern continent many believed must exist. Its existence had been imagined going back to the days of Aristotle". Please click Website  above for the full review and download our full catalogue by clicking here.

June 2017 news

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Winter 2017

Our new catalogue is  selection of 52 items including one of the great voyage rarities: an original Quiros presentation memorial. Dating from 1611 this is one of only 14 different Memorials known to have been printed by Quiros (at his own considerable expense), which mark the earliest printed record of discovery and plans for settlement of a Southern Continent.

Our cover item is from Lieutenant Robert Dale’s famously important and vivid nine-foot wide View...

Our new premises

Tuesday May 16, 2017

The team at Hordern House is delighted to announce our move to new premises in Surry Hills, Sydney just 5 minutes from the CBD. This exciting new space has allowed us to display our rare books, manuscripts and paintings to full advantage over one purpose-built level. In our move from Potts Point we have uncovered treasures which we look forward to sharing with you. Keep an eye on our Lists and New & Notable website tabs...

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The land Australia: imagined, invented, recounted, mapped, colonised, explored, settled, and celebrated in our final major catalogue for the year. We invite you to discover over 200 years of rare printed, manuscript, cartographic and visual materials relating to the Southern Continent. From Herrera's account of Schouten & Le Maire's voyage in search of Terra Australis to Pelsaert's 1647 Batavia account with its astonishing first views (an unusually complete and correct copy of the very rare first edition); the collected...